The 22-year-old Jean, who had 12 goals and 12 assists last season, stood out as one of the best in the Rangers’ recent prospect camp.
#NYR come to terms with Lake Superior State F Kyle Jean. He was very impressive at prospect camp.
— Andrew Gross (@AGrossRecord) July 5, 2012
And if anything, he should do well to boost the Connecticut Whale’s shootout repertoire:
Here’s a bit more information on Jean from a 2008 North American Hockey League article by Lance-Michael Correia:
Jean, a 6-foot-3, 200-pounder, was among those tagged by the National Hockey League’s Central Scouting Service as a B-rated player back in October in assessing the 2008 NHL Draft-eligible players. That designation indicates a player who is a potential third-to-fifth-round pick in the 2008 NHL entry draft, set for June 21-22 in Ottawa.
“Kyle’s a very highly-regarded player,” said North Stars coach-GM Anthony Palumbo. “We are in need of some offensive punch, no question. We think he has the ability and potential to help our scoring woes. He’s also a 1990 (birth year), so it’s not like we mortgaged the future in giving up two tenders.”
Jean, a Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., product, played 15 games with Marquette this season, netting a pair of goals and assisting on three others, with a plus-1 rating and six penalty minutes. He spent last season with the Midget AAA Soo Indians – as a teammate of current North Stars Marc and Garrett Thompson, Eric O’Hearn and Eric McLintock – leading the club with seven goals and 15 assists in 24 MWEHL contests.
“He’s a big kid, but he’s skilled and talented, too,” Palumbo said. “He will skate on one of our top three lines, we’re not sure where just yet.”
He’s not the big free agent signing, but it’s good to see the Rangers adding even more depth to their minor league system.